Currin v. Blake Law Firm LLC
At a hearing in damages, a court can award the plaintiffs damages for emotional distress that allegedly resulted because the plaintiffs' former law firm was negligent. Allegedly, the plaintiffs owned a copyright to a song and hired the defendant, the Blake Law Firm LLC, to represent them in District Court. The plaintiffs lost the District Court litigation and sued the law firm, alleging that the law firm was negligent and that the plaintiffs' damages were $80 billion. The law firm was defaulted for failure to plead. "A default admits the material facts that constitute a cause of action . . . and entry of default, when appropriately made, conclusively determines the liability of a defendant," pursuant to Abbott Terrace Health Center Inc. v. Parawich, a 2010 decision of the Connecticut Appellate Court. The Superior Court did not consider the gross revenue for Sony for 2012 a proper reflection of the plaintiffs' damages. "The damages that the plaintiffs can recover," wrote the court, "is the actual amount that they would have recovered in underlying action if malpractice had not occurred." The court rejected the plaintiffs' allegations that they suffered from loss of wages and were entitled to compensation for travel expenses. The plaintiffs provided evidence that they suffered from emotional distress when they lost the District Court litigation and that their medical expenses between 2006 and 2013 were approximately $229,440. A doctor indicated that one of the plaintiffs suffered a great deal of stress because of the litigation and that the plaintiff's stress apparently exacerbated an underlying condition. The court granted judgment to the plaintiffs in the amount of $229,440.